Ricoh is on to something here. A nice tough little camera at a decent price--sale price might make it a great price.
One issue will be battery life in cold weather. Sure the camera works fine at -10 degrees c. but will the battery last more than a few shots or closer to the 350 mentioned in the specs. If they solved this, they have nailed it.
Mike FL: Most, if not all, M43 cameras are unable to compete with cheapest mirror-less APS-C such as $450 Fuji XA1 and $500 Fujifilm X-M1 in IQ.
BUT, Most, if not all, M43 cameras has IBIS which keeps M43 still alive.
If Fuji and/or Sony put IBIS in mirror-less APS-C, M43 will be DOOMED. The day will come...
What most people on AMAZON are buying. There are other sellers in this world. The world is larger than the Amazon's reported top sellers.
The prices will settle down to $399 or lower in the US in time for holiday shopping.
Steve: For those confused North or South Americans. These images are accurate.There is NO COLOR in Europe. Any images or footage you see commercially, are colorized post production. I brought a box of Kodachrome to europe in '75You should have seen the looks i got.. I asked where the mcDonalds was in Russia.. I asked for the Golden Arches resto with the hamburgers.. "OH," someone exclaimed "You mean the hamburger place with the Neutral Gray arches !!!!"
"This is why so many Americans can only can think in two colours nowadays. Black or White...."
Actually, too many can only think in terms of red and blue states.
The third place winner "Rainbow Riches" is really the best of the bunch and it actually has some weather to report!
peevee1: From $220? What's up with hundreds of $$$ for a freaking bag? How are they 5.5 times better than $40 bags from Target?
LOL peevee1. Different people have different priorities. Go buy the bag from Target if it makes you troll happy.
Frequently, they are. Both look the same in the strore, but give them a few years of travel and abuse. The differences are noticable in the seams and zippers.
jl_smith: Wow, all these haters, you'd imagine they could do such a better job.
Yet, you click on 99% of their names:
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I propose DPR give many of them a new profile stat:
Credibility - 0
Elitist Snob = 1. (plus more)
Since when are your criteria conditions for commenting?Should we not allow the unwashed masses to see and judge for themselves?
Isn't this the point? To see and react to these photos?
Photography is bigger than the vision you advance here.
The market cycle for cameras is now far shorter than the product cycle--time to develop a new camera with signficant improvement over the previous model. The technology is now mature.
Customers want the new camera and not last year's model. There is no new camera ready to go.
This looks more like autormobles than anything else--change the grill on the hood each year and call it the 2015 model. In this case, the color is gunmetal and it is called the "Prestige Edition"
halothane: In the UK, the Sony RX10 is now widely available for £649 ( with £50 cash back on £699) and the Panasonic is £749. ($1100 & $1250 respectively). At those prices your choice will depend on what compromises you are willing to make - I have always been suspicious of bridge cameras, as they seem to promise much, but don't always deliver.
Alternatives with 1 inch sensors are limited to the Nikon 1, which with the evf kit would be not far off the price of Both these cameras together! So at present is a poor value comparison. For a similar size / weight, and £100 more, a Canon 100D and Tamron 16 - 300 would be a possible alternative; bigger sensor, better range but smaller apertures.
I would be happy to be given either the Sony or the Panasonic; but if I was buying one, I would choose the Sony, as it has a degree of weather sealing. YMMV!
Enjoy you photography!
I was thinking a nice road trip--say a hike through the tropics with a 14 year and his friends.
Tripods, like camping gear, all look great new. Scientific tests are fine, but there is nothing like real use--stuff designers never dreamed of.
Let's see what these guys look like after a few trips and lots of lousy weather.
At least they are not apologizing for having it in stock.
The press release above is pretty awful.I guess you have to do what you can to gin up some excitement even if the product you promoting is not exciting.
Retzius: Nikon should officially apologize for Brazil's football team.
David Luiz can be their spokesman.
Nikon and Team Brazil: "We have you covered"
I wonder if camera buyers have noticed?
DavidOB: If I get this camera will I suddenly become a great photographer?
Given its price, It will certainly give you plenty of time to work on it as you will have very little pocket money left for anything else.
For those of us into nostalgia, the name "Kodak" evokes some mixed memories.
Growing up our family had a Kodak 126 instamatic camera. Drop the film in and insert the flash cube. Convenient and built for the consumer market. Photos were what they were. It wasn't great but it was sure small and convenient. It was the late 1960s. Get in the 1963 Plymouth Valiant stationwagon and take a trip
Later, my dad purchased a nice Minolta 35mm camera. Kodak 400 film was awesome. Beautiful imaages were produced with that film.
When I saw this camera, it reminded me of the instamatic and not the film. I wonder if this was their intent?
ntsan: I guess Pana and Olympus is giving the low end market to Kodak since Panasonic is going to discontinue G/GF series and the only Oly camera coming this year is E-PL7 (no E-PM3).
The problem the camera makers have with product differentiation is that people want to carry a single device that meets all of their needs.
Cell phones and some tablets do that--pictures, phone, data, and storage. Cameras do not. They are at a huge disadvantage. I was at Yosemite recently, the tablets were every where. All sorts of age groups. The cameras still are the majority, but I was surprised by the numbers of imagining devices that were not traditional cameras. It has change a lot in a very short time. Happily there were a group of artists with pencils, paints, brushes and paper, so I didn't feel completely out of place with two DSLRs